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Broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap investigates the biggest environmental stories and issues with guests and Sky News correspondents.

ClimateCast with Tom Heap Sky News

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    • 4.2 • 61 Ratings

Broadcaster and journalist Tom Heap investigates the biggest environmental stories and issues with guests and Sky News correspondents.

    How Northern Ireland’s stalemate is worsening an environmental crisis 

    How Northern Ireland’s stalemate is worsening an environmental crisis 

    Lough Neagh is the UK’s largest lake – and it’s being poisoned by toxic algae.

    It’s killing dogs, birds, fish and is dangerous to humans. Campaigners say the “toxic soup” is being used “as a toilet” and although it’s treated, it still provides 40% of Northern Ireland’s drinking water.

    But without a sitting parliament, where do the people of Northern Ireland turn?

    On this episode of Sky News ClimateCast, Tom Heap visits Lough Neagh to see the damage and speak to campaigners and locals outraged by the problem. Plus, he visits the Agri-Food and Biosciences institute which could have a solution to the problem.

    Producers: Mickey Carroll and Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Editors: Luke Denne and Wendy Parker

    • 14 min
    Our national parks - Great for people, not for nature?

    Our national parks - Great for people, not for nature?

    On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap goes wild camping on Dartmoor and discovers why people think it’s so devoid of wildlife.

    Dubbed 'the place nature goes to die' Dartmoor has been criticised for overgrazing and not enhancing nature.

    So what is the solution to protecting nature while still enjoying our national parks?

    With a tent on his back, Tom Heap speaks to the chief executive of Dartmoor Park, a local farmer and environmental campaigner about how we strike the balance.

    Podcast producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Climate producer: Gemma Watson
    Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 17 min
    What's the catch in our fishing practices?

    What's the catch in our fishing practices?

    Sky News and Global Fishing Watch have discovered many of the UK's marine conservation zones and marine protected areas are often protected in name only. Since January 2022, tens of thousands of hours of damaging fishing practices like dredging and bottom trawling have taken place in the so-called protected zones.

    Although damaging to our ocean's havens, the practices aren't illegal. So how can we allow commercial fishing to continue while allowing our seabeds to recover and thrive?

    On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap is in Bognor Regis to speak to fourth-generation fisherman, Clive Mills, who has returned to his fishing boat after being pushed out because of a lack of supply. Twenty years on, he's pledged to only fish sustainably and is encouraging others to do the same.

    Plus, we look at the state of fishing in our waters internationally with Jack Clarke from the Marine Conservation Society.

    Podcast producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Climate producer: Mickey Carroll
    Editors: Paul Stanworth and Wendy

    • 21 min
    Will synthetic fuel drive us towards a greener future? 

    Will synthetic fuel drive us towards a greener future? 

    On this week's ClimateCast Tom Heap has exclusive access to Zero Petroleum, a producer of synthetic fuel.

    He catches a glimpse of a jet engine powered by e-fuel and speaks to the chemists about how they create an almost zero carbon fuel, without any oil and gas, made from only air and water.

    Tom meets Zero's creator Paddy Lowe, previously a Formula 1 engineer, to understand its possible role in the future of energy.

    Plus, Colin Walker, transport lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, shares how he thinks synthetic fuel compares with the electrification of transport.

    Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 18 min
    Waste not, want not: Can we be nudged towards a sustainable diet?

    Waste not, want not: Can we be nudged towards a sustainable diet?

    On this week's ClimateCast, Tom Heap is cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

    The food we eat is responsible for around a third of our emissions, so making diets greener couldn't be more essential to fight climate change. So how can consumers be nudged to make a change?

    Tom visits Sky's kitchen where they are labelling the carbon intensity of each dish alongside the menu they serve to their 30,000 employees. He also gets a tour of a restaurant without a bin. The zero waste establishment upcycles and re-uses almost absolutely everything.

    Podcast prodcer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Assistant producers: Alex Edden and Soila Apparicio
    Podcast promotions producer: Jim Farthing
    Editors: Wendy Parker and Paul Stanworth

    • 18 min
    What does 50C do to the human body?

    What does 50C do to the human body?

    It's been a week of wild weather around the world, with extreme heat in North America, China and in Southern Europe. Some parts of the US and China have exceeded 50C - while parts of Southern Europe face temperatures in the mid-40s.

    Temperatures like these are expected to become common during summer months due to our warming climate - but what does 50C heat do to the human body? And can we adapt?

    On this week's ClimateCast Tom Heap speaks to science correspondent Thomas Moore who has spent time as a 'guinea pig' in a 50C heat chamber to measure how his body reacted. They're joined by Dr Anna Moore who specialises in how heat impacts the human body and explains why the climate crisis is also a health crisis.

    Producer: Emma Rae Woodhouse
    Editor: Paul Stanworth

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

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Just love hearing Christiana Figueres, very optimistic climatecast.

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Poor choice of adverts

Episode itself was ok but was surprised that the first advert was for BP and the second for EasyJet! Another outlet for big polluters to greenwash😕

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Today

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I saw a girl.
We were friends.
We had fun.

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